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By: Sheikh Ali  S Ali PhD

 

Ramadan kareem

 

 

 

Dear Muslims,

 

We would like to congratulate you on the coming of the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the blessed month in which the Qur'an was revealed.  We read in chapter 2 of the Qur'an verse 185:

 

"The month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was revealed , a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)".

 

Let us take  advantage of the infinite mercy and blessings Allah (swt) bestows upon us on this month by reciting and understanding the Qur'an. One of the most significant forms of Ebadat one can do in order to get closer to Allah (swt) is reading the Qur'an. Jibreel used to come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) every night in Ramadan, and study the Quran with him.(Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268).

 

The book of Allah is our first guide and code of life, it is the constitution we abide by. It is the first legacy our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) left for his ummah along with his Sunnah. The Prophet (pbuh)profoundly stated :

 

"I have left behind two things (for you) if you abide to them, you will never go astray, The book of Allah and my Sunnah."

 

With the Qur'an being so significant for us, we ought to know its rights upon us. I will briefly mention some of them in the following:

 

 

1) The right to believe in it: Allah says "O you who believe, believe in Allah and his messenger and the Book which was reveal to His Messenger” (Qur’an 4:136)

 

 

2) The right of acting upon its teachings: A'isha (RA) the wife of the Prophet said: "The character of the Prophet is the Qur'an". This means that the Prophet acted and lived upon the teaching of the Qur'an.  In other words the Prophet was the living, breathing and walking Qur'an.

 

 

3) The rights of not only learning but also teaching it: The Prophet said " the best of you are those who learn Qur'an and teach it".

 

 

4) The right  to introduce and invite others to believe in it: Allah said " Say, "This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him." (Qur'an 12:108)    Additionally, the Prophet said "convey on my behalf even if it is a word".

 

 

5) The right of proper recitation: Allah Says " and recite the Qur'an at a slow pace and with clarity" (Qur'an 73:04). This requires from us to learn the science of TAJWEED.

 

 

6) The right of Hifz: Of course every Muslims memorizes some Qur'anic Ayat and some Suras. The Prophet said (this is not exact

quotation). "A person who does not have any thing of Qur'an in him is like an abandoned house"

 

 

7) The right of Ta'zim (respect): When listening to the recitation of the Qur'an one must remain silent.  One must perform wudu (Ablution) out of respect before reciting the Qur'an.

 

 

8) The rights of TATABBUR: Reflecting and contemplating the Qur’an.

 

 

 

While reading the Qur'an in Ramadan:

 

 

 

1) Try to finish reading the Qur'an during Ramadan.

2) Divide your time into two: Read it with Tatabbur, you will get reward for each letter you read.

3) Study some verses or suras by yourself or someone else.

4) Try to memorize new suras or verses.

 

 

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Volunteer group

 SAFRP Volunteers

On June 11th 2015, we launched our annual Sponsor-A-Ramadan Project in order to help feed deserving low-income families this Ramadan. This project is for the benefit of hand-picked families who are in great need of food specifically. Most of our families this year were families with over 5 members.  Since our launch, we have had an amazing outpour of support from families all over South-Eastern Michigan who selflessly joined our cause in sponsoring 22 families for the entire month of Ramadan. 

On Saturday June 13th, volunteers came out to help package the food that our sponsors provided.  The event was held inside of the MFS food pantry. Volunteers were to fill boxes according to the food list provided and the amount of members per family. Dry food supplies like dates, rice, beans, oils, teas, canned veggies, pastas, various spices and much more went into each family's box. 

 

Packaging volunteers

Volunteers Packaging

On Monday June 15th, perishable foods were added such as milk, chicken, steak, stew beef and juices. Clients were supplemented with funds to purchase additional perishables such as garlic, onions, fresh fruits and vegetables. Monday was our target day to make sure that all boxes were delieverd to each client family. Volunteers were given specific client addresses in order to deliver their specialized food boxes. 

 

Drop Off Volunteers

Some of our delivery brothers

Naturally, the recipents of these Ramadan food boxes were all very grateful to have their nourishment needs met for this Ramadan. A simple act of providing food for a family can have a profound effect on the quality of their Ramadan. With one less concern, these families can focus on increasing their ibaadah (good works). Many of these families will now be able to invite their neighbors to iftar (break fast) in their homes in full gratitude that Allah (swt) has not only provided for their family, but their neighbor's as well.

May Allah (swt) reward all of the wonderful Muslims who sponsored a family this Ramadan! May you recieve blessings for each morsel of food swallowed by these families. In the midst of all of the ills taking place in the world today, it is refreshing to see that humanity has not been lost.

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In preparation for Ramadan, we, at Muslim Family Services (MFS), have begun reaching out to potential volunteers in hopes of getting assistance with our Sponsor-A-Family Ramadan Project packaging and distribution.
 
This year, we are requesting your help in one or more of these areas:
 
  • Food Box Packaging: Helping us stuff boxes with food according to each family's food list. 
  • Food Box drop off: Delivering food boxes to individual family homes. This may include going up flights of stairs depending on the client residence. If anyone has knee or back conditions , please consider volunteering for another task.
  • Budding Photographer: Looking for a volunteer who takes great pictures to snap a few of shots during packaging and drop off. This is to help promote the SAFRP. For many, seeing is believing. MFS has a camera available.
 
New volunteering opportunities may arise and I will update you all if/when those come about inshAllah.
 
Schedule and Dates:
 InshAllah, we will be packaging food boxes on Saturday June 13th  and delivering on Monday June 15th from 11am-1pm
 
Saturday June 13th: Packaging/Food Box Assembly 11:00-1:00PM
Monday June 15th: Food Box Drop offs 11:00-1:00PM
 
*On Monday (Drop Off Day), we need manpower! These boxes are very heavy so all volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and have no knee or back conditions. 
 
Please sign up through the link below to RSVP as a Sponsor:
 
 
 
 
 
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healthfair

 Guest getting annual check ups and consultations

 

On Sunday May 31st, 2015, we hosted a community health fair for the metro Detroit community. The event lasted from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Despite the rainy weather, physicians, nurses, dental hygienist and an opthamologist came out to offer free health services to their community. It was a wonderful example of giving back and it was received warmly and openly by the 40+ guests that braved the weather to attend.

 

Our ICNA board of physicians collaborated with several people and organizations including dental hygienist Sr. Mona Riaz, Optometrist Sr. Naureen Haroon, the Hamtramck Health Center, and the National Kidney Foundation.

 

Optometrist

Optometrist Naureen Haroon with client

The guests were told to arrive fasting so that blood tests would be accurate and were then provided with a hearty breakfast. Guests were able to get a wide range of services that otherwise may not have been made available to them. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers, the following services were provided free to our guests:

  • Adult dental screenings provided by the Hamtramck Health Center

  • Pediatric dental screenings along with fluoride and sealants provided by Mona Riaz

  • Optometry vision screenings and prescriptions provided by Naureen Haroon

  • Blood Glucose, BMI, Blood Pressure and private physician consultation provided by MFS/ICNA physician team and Hamtramck Health Center

dental services

Adult and Pediatric Dental Hygienist at work

One of the most interesting aspects of this health fair was a display put on by the National Kidney Foundation. In their display they featured several popular beverages and besides them they had bags filled with the sugar contained in each container. It was truly an eye opener to see a couple hand fulls of sugar going into a drink!

 

NKF


It is excellent to see people utilizing medical treatments available to them. It is a reminder to us that the Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, encouraged us to utilize medical treatment

It was reported that the Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease, namely old age." (Reported by Abu Dawud and authenticated by Al-Albani)


Overall sentiment was that guest were grateful for the free services offered by providers and MFS. Providers found that many of the guest were either diabetic or pre-diabetic and also suffered from high blood pressure and hypertension. Our partner agency, Hamtramck Health Center, took many referrals and will offer services to low-income clients on a sliding payment scale. Muslim Family Services helps to cover a portion of the visit for our low-income clients.


Those of us who are not in good health should strive to utilize what means we can to  return to good health. We should constantly remember to ask Allah for good health and well being.

The Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said Allah has not been asked for anything more beloved to Him than being asked for well being” (reported by At-Tirmidhi)

We ask Allah to grant us all good health and well being. We ask that Allah keeps our families and our loved ones safe from harm, and that we may be reunited with them in the highest of heavens. See you at our next event!

 

 

 

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